Hepworth and Morris make YRDA debuts at Clay Pigeon

February 12, 2019

Karting

Jem Hepworth and Jordan Morris got their racing careers as YRDA drivers off to a great start at the Clay Pigeon Kart Club season opener. Despite missing practice day due to work commitments, Jem got up to speed with the rest of the field quickly to finish 7th in the Senior Max final. Whilst in the Junior Max class Jordan made the perfect start to his season with a podium after starting eighth on the grid. 

Jem Hepworth – 7th

In a strong twenty kart field Jem was 15th on the grid for the opening heat. Having missed practice day, the first race had to almost be treated as a session to quickly get up to speed. Despite being towards the back of the field Jem got involved in some good clean racing to eventually finish the race 14th.

Conditions for heat two couldn’t have been any worse and despite slipping back at the start of the race Jem was able to recover over the thirteen laps to finish where she started in 6th. For the third and final heat it was back to slicks again and after a hard fought 15 laps Jem was able to take another 6th place to put herself 7th on the grid for the final.

Despite starting on the back foot and been thrown all four seasons to deal with throughout the day, Jem was flying by the final and put on a great performance to finish in 7th place. It was a great start to both the year and Clay Pigeon Kart Club Championship. Jem’s season continues on the 24th February when she travels to Mansell Raceway for the opening round of the Dunkeswell Kart Club Championship.

 

Jordan Morris – 3rd  

After a successful first year of racing in the Mini Max class it was time for Jordan to make the step up to Junior’s in preparation for this year’s British Championship. With the English Champion, Tom Adams, present it gave Jordan a great target to chase and compare himself to throughout the day.

From the off Jordan was flying, in the opening heat he charged through from 8th on the grid to finish an impressive 2nd and was just 0.01 seconds off the fastest lap in the process! Starting on row five for heat two you’d have expected things to go the same way, but Jordan was not even given a chance to make progress after race ending dramas on the opening lap.

Jordan ended the heats with a solid 7th place which would put him 8th on the grid after the heat two setbacks. Determined to get back to where he belonged, Jordan was quick out of the blocks in the final moving up to 6th after just two laps. Three laps later and Jordan was now in 4th and hassling 3rd place. 

After three laps of constant pressure Jordan eventually made his way into a provisional podium spot. Over the next nine laps Jordan held the gap to the two leaders and built an advantage of almost three seconds to 4th setting the fastest first and third sectors of the race! Had he of started nearer the leaders with that pace perhaps things could have been different, but it was nevertheless very promising and a great way to kick off the season.

 

Vinnie Phillips 10th at IAME Winter Cup

Vinnie made a brilliant debut on the IAME European circuit with a top ten finish in the Mini X30 class. With 36 drivers on the grid and only six of those British, Vinnie found himself not only on a new track but also up against completely new opposition. As the weekend progressed, Vinnie’s confidence grew and he was setting times good enough to win the race, but starting 17th on the grid in the final left him a lot of work to do. By the time Vinnie had reached 10th the next group of drivers was over five seconds down the road leaving him with no option but to settle for position.

However, it was nevertheless a fantastic result and something Vinnie can build on heading into the Euro Series.